WHY BRUSHING AND FLOSSING MATTER

Brushing and flossing teeth not only help prevent periodontal (gum) disease, the leading cause of tooth loss, but they also help reduce the risk of serious degenerative diseases. Research shows that, over time, people with periodontal disease are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and dementia. While a

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TREATING GUM RECESSION

The term “gum recession” refers to the process in which the margin of gingival (gum) tissue surrounding each tooth pulls back or wears away. As a result, “pockets” (gaps) develop around teeth that can trap the bacteria that threaten tooth and bone health. At the very least, anything more than mild recession of the gingiva

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REPLACING LOST TEETH

Even though great strides have been made in preventing and treating tooth decay and gum disease, it is estimated that more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. “Edentulism,” which is the term used to describe the loss of

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THE THIN VENEER OF RESPECTABILITY

If your front teeth are severely discolored, misshapen, chipped, cracked, or otherwise imperfect, you may be interested to know that their appearance can be dramatically improved with the application of “porcelain veneers.” These ultra-thin porcelain shells are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations that require a more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s

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CLEAN TEETH, CLEAR MIND

Older patients have more to gain by visiting the dentist for regular checkups than simply maintaining healthy teeth and gums. As researchers continue to explore the notion that oral health and many diseases may share a common inflammatory pathway, new evidence has emerged that links oral health with cognitive well-being. While this research is in

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Zero in On Xerostomia

Saliva not only moistens and cleanses the mouth, but it also aids in digestion, controls bacteria, and facilitates enamel remineralization. It does so by neutralizing the acid in plaque and removing germs and food residue, thereby significantly reducing the risk of cavities and providing a mineral barrier that protects tooth surfaces. Thus, it is very

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DAM CONSTRUCTION

One of the finer points of a root canal procedure involves protecting patients from bacterial infection with the use of a “dental dam.” This involves placing a soft latex or silicone shield over the patient’s teeth and holding it in place with a clamp so that only the affected tooth pokes through an opening in

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